It seems that nothing not no one can stop Long Island mom/prostitute Catherine Scalia from selling herself to Franks and Johns with the help of her hot-dog truck. After being arrested and released and arrested again last year, NBC News is reporting that Scalia was booked again Friday for allegedly soliciting an undercover officer while giving him a massage. It does seem that she learned some lessons from her interactions with the authorities, as this all went down in an East Garden City hotel, though Scalia did drive herself there in the infamous vehicle.
Nearly one year after allegations of a longstanding culture of molestation and sex between teachers, coaches, and students at Horace Mann first surfaced in the The New York Times Magazine, the Bronx prep school has finally publicly acknowledged the abuse with a long letter posted to its website. "It is clear that between 1962 and 1996, former teachers and administrators in fact did abuse, in various degrees, students at Horace Mann School," said the letter, which was signed by headmaster Thomas Kelly and board of trustees chairman Steven Friedman. "We sincerely apologize for the harm that was caused by the teachers and administrators who abused anyone during their years at Horace Mann School. These unconscionable betrayals of trust never should have happened. But they did, and now we, as a school, must fully accept this reality."
Amid mounting pressure from the media and members of government, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford called a press conference today to issue a carefully worded denial of crack cocaine use. Ford stated, “I do not use crack cocaine nor am I an addict of crack cocaine” — which leaves room for past use — and said he couldn't comment on any video that "I have never seen or does not exist," which is hardly categorical either. It's also interesting to note that Ford's denial comes the day after Gawker admitted it had lost contact with the purported owners of the Ford crack-smoking video that started this whole mess.
The embattled mayor then refused to take any questions and turned the floor over to his brother Doug before making as hasty of an exit as possible. The press conference comes a day after Ford fired his chief of staff, Mark Towhey, for reportedly taking the bold move of telling the mayor to come clean about his addiction.
After countless delays and much kvetching, the Department of Transportation this morning began to roll out hundreds of Citi Bikes — the centerpieces of New York City's citywide bike share program — onto 400 or so stations scattered across the five boroughs (but mostly just Manhattan and Brooklyn). Thirteen thousand people have already signed up to ride around town for 45 minutes or less, making this the largest program of its kind in the country before the official launch on Monday. Memorial Day is going to be a bit more bumpy on the streets of New York.
Fresh off the Monday announcement of Yahoo's $1.1 billion Tumblr acquisition, AllThingsD's Peter Kafka reports that Yahoo has entered the bidding war for Hulu. DirecTV, Time Warner, and several investment firms have already expressed interest in buying all or parts of the video site, which is currently owned by News Corp. Disney, and Comcast. (Earlier today, Bloomberg reported KKR & Co. and Silver Lake LLC-backed William Morris Endeavor are placing bids.) In April, Reuters reported that former News Corp. COO Peter Chernin was willing to offer at least $500 million for Hulu. Whether or not Yahoo can (or should) put up that kind of money is unclear, given their recent major purchase, but the company's name does sort of rhyme with Hulu, and we're sure that will be taken into account during the suitor-evaluation process. Yahulu!? Try saying it aloud — it's fun.
"Hillary Clinton's candid reflections about the key moments during her time as Secretary of State, as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century." This is the Amazon book description for the tentatively titled New Memoir by Hillary Rodham Clinton; as of now, the page for the book only has a photo of former Madame Secretary and her name. It is due out June 1, 2014 and yeah, we get it: That's only a few months before the presidential election cycle really starts to heat up. The description evokes the themes of past, present, and, most important, future — a staple in then-Senator Obama's late 2006 memoir/campaign novella, The Audacity of Hope: Reclaiming the American Dream; a work that was responsible for laying down his platform's rhetorical foundations and, ultimately, upending Clinton's presidential aspirations in the 2008 election. And, just three months after its release, Obama announced his candidacy for the White House. Here's to parallels.
According to an investigative report by NBC, Attorney General Eric Holder gave the go-ahead in the spring of 2010 for the Justice Department to obtain a search warrant for Fox News reporter James Rosen's e-mail correspondence with intelligence analyst Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, who has been accused of leaking a classified report on North Korea. Last week, it was revealed that the Justice Department had done the exact same thing with Associated Press emails in spring 2012, but Holder recused himself from that investigation. The NBC case would seem to put Holder in the middle of a scenario that he supposedly wants to amend — yesterday, he was said to be meeting with media conglomerates to advise on a media shield law that would give journalists more protection in keeping their sources confidential.
A legal drama worthy of The Good Wife is unfolding this morning as lawyers for CBS scramble to keep a producer from testifying, and e-mail exchanges between senior producers and high-level Brooklyn prosecutors are getting turned over in a last-minute court hearing about the legality of a TV show. The presiding judge, who once ran against the Brooklyn district attorney featured in the show, has shocked veteran court watchers by allowing the hearing to go forward. It's the latest twist in the controversy over Brooklyn D.A., a six-part series following Joe Hynes, who is currently in the middle of a reelection campaign, which CBS plans to air on Tuesday.
With Team Zuckerberg continuing to increase its previously advertising- and sales-focused New York presence with additional programmers and engineers, the company has likely outgrown its 150,000-square-foot office at 335 Madison Avenue in midtown. The solution, according to Crain's, might be at 770 Broadway: Facebook is reportedly looking to take over the combined 160,000-square-feet of the seventh and eighth floors of the building, which is already home to AOL. We can only hope for some nerd dance-offs.
There are some good accounts on Instagram. Some great ones, even. But there are very few perfect accounts, which is why MrWallStreet83 caught my eye.
If you, like me, are a fan of unabashed chutzpah on the Internet, MrWallStreet83 — the Instagram alias of a 29-year-old Canadian real-estate broker named Martin Lavoie — is a strong contender for the best account on Instagram. Nearly every day, Lavoie (bio: "In the business of not giving a fuck what you think and business is really good") posts photos of luxury cars, hotel penthouses, Hermès ties, and other one-percenter achievements, all hashtagged with labels like #ARMANI, #wealth, and #moneyneversleeps. There is no irony, no hint of self-effacement. He's simply bathing in money, and he wants you to see it. Watching his stream is like peering deeply into Patrick Bateman's psyche. It's Rich Kids of Instagram, concentrated in one Canadian. And while his Instagram account only has 478 followers, at present count, it deserves many, many more.
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